Frank Abagnale is a leading identity theft expert and the author of Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan —but you probably know him as the elusive con man who was immortalized in the movie Catch Me If You Can , starring Leonardo DiCaprio. As a young man, Frank led a life of crime, impersonating others and forging checks before he was caught and put behind bars.
In the early 1970s, Frank was released from prison on the condition that he would work with the government, and he has spent 32 years teaching at the FBI Academy. "That's brought me to this side of the law and has given me the expertise and the background [to teach] all types of crime—computer crime, counterfeiting, forgery, and of course, identity theft." Jean talks to Frank about his tips for safeguarding your identity: